HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County Executive James Tedesco announced that all Bergen County Special Services and Technical Schools will be closed starting Wednesday, March 11 as a response to COVID-19, in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Tedesco had earlier announced the first death in the state from the virus was a 69-year old man from Little Ferry.
The closure will affect approximately 3500 students and 1600 staff members, according to Tedesco. He explained that those districts accept students from all 70 municipalities in the county, as well as from four counties in northern New Jersey.
Superintendent of Bergen County Technical Schools and Special Services Howard Lerner, Ed.D. said that teachers will report to their schools on Wednesday and Thursday and "complete all the lesson planning and home instruction that we will be providing to the students." The schools will be closed through Friday, March 20, but a decision to extent the closure will be decided before that date. He noted that there are no cases of COVID-19 currently in the schools.
Wednesday evening district parents received an email from the superintendent regarding the closure. It noted that "All field trips, internships, athletics and other extracurricular activities that operate in BCSS and BCTS schools and programs are also cancelled."
Bergen County Technical Schools has four campuses throughout Hackensack, Paramus, and Teterboro. Bergen County Special Services School District is based in Paramus, and has programs and schools throughout Bergen and Passaic counties.
Additionally, Tedesco announced that Bergen Community College will be extending its spring break through next week. According to Dr. Anthony Ross, Interim President, students are scheduled to return to class Monday, March 23, but noted the situation "remains fluid." Later Wednesday afternoon, parents received phone calls from the college about the extended closing.
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